Nirvana Quick Tour (Video)

Spent some time playing with Screen Flow this evening and whipped up this quick video tour.  This was our first foray into video land, and I must say it was actually a lot of fun.  Hope you like!  Perhaps we should do some in-depth GTD / Nirvana video tutorials soon.

What we’ve been up to

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted on our blog and the natives are getting restless.

So what on earth have we been up to these last few months?  A lot!  We built our first iPhone webapp (still experimental, but it’s showing great promise – mad props to the jQTouch team), we re-implemented and streamlined task delegation (to be released in the coming days), we created a framework for internationalization so that Nirvana can render in multiple languages, and we squashed a ton of bugs.

Behind the scenes we’ve optimized countless lines of code, re-factored some back-end data handling, and migrated to new hosting – all in the name of making Nirvana zippier and stronger.

We had hoped to launch our developer API by now but got a bit ahead of ourselves. It’s still slated for release “soon” – but we need to document it properly, really bullet-proof it, and build in some sort of throttling. Better to wait and get it right, we say, than release too early and have a bunch of great 3rd party apps fail because we missed something. We’re working diligently and will announce it when it’s ready.

But enough about that, where’s my beta account?!

If you’ve signed up for a beta account and are still waiting for an invite, here are your options:

1. Be patient and have faith that we’ll get you in as soon as we can

2. Tweet our praises and/or contact us directly to sweet-talk us into creating your account pronto

We figure if you’ve been following our progress closely enough to read this blog post, you deserve an account sooner rather than later.  We’re easy like that.  Give us a shout – we’d love to hear from you.

We are over the moon!

Last week we decided we couldn’t hold the floodgates back any longer, and started letting in folks subscribed to our beta announcement list – a few hundred per day.

We should have done this sooner.

Some of the comments we’d anticipated, but we’re starting to get some really great suggestions that we hadn’t considered, and folks are finding bugs that we had no idea were there.  Thank you everyone for all of the articulate, thoughtful and encouraging feedback.  Keep it coming!   We’ll post a roundup of the new ideas we really like on our next blog post.

What do you think?

Wow… there is quite a debate happening over at regarding the look & feel of Nirvana vs. Cultured Code’s  Over the last 12 hours we’ve received a ton of encouraging emails as well as quite a few, lets say, not so encouraging ones.

Here’s our take. rules.  Both the desktop and the iPhone apps are brilliant.  Over the years at PLU we’ve used Things, OmniFocus, and TaskPaper with varying degrees of GTD bliss to manage our client projects and personal tasks. For near-realtime collaboration we use IM and email (of course), Backpackit, Basecamp and Mantis – again with varying degrees of bliss.

The problem (and opportunity?) is this – we want to see everything that needs to get done in one system, anywhere and at any time.  Having work tasks in one or more places, and personal tasks in yet another, means checking way too many applications to size up the day, with a risk that something will invariably get overlooked. Some solutions were too much for our needs, others not enough.

A lot of us have multiple computers, some have iPhones, some have Blackberries… and trying to keep them all in sync is frustrating.  So we turned to the web.  We took a look at Vitalist and Remember The Milk and others, but at the end of the day really missed the intuitive user experience of the Mac apps that we’ve grown accustomed to: iTunes, iPhoto, Mail… and Things.  But we also wanted to be able to email or phone in to-dos to our GTD inboxes when we’re on the road, to have an iCal feed that automatically puts Today’s deliverables in the calendar, to be able to delegate tasks with blog-style comments for feedback and collaboration, to have shared projects where tasks can be assigned to different team members, to be able to filter contexts across all projects, work, family and personal to-dos.

That’s what we wanted.  Couldn’t find it.  So we decided to build it.  Don’t a lot of web apps start this way?

Now, having your trusted system in the cloud isn’t for everybody.  But it’s critical for the way we work.  If you’re a Mac user with a single computer and it’s with you at all times, check out Things.  Seriously.  But for everybody else, we think (hope) Nirvana fills a void.

As for the hullabaloo we seem to have created with our current UI… We debated quite a bit internally as to whether or not we should show a screen-shot of our working prototype before we actually launched. Our intent is to let users customize and skin Nirvana as they wish, a la WordPress, Typepad, Blogger and other services.  We hope that there will be a Nirvana look & feel for each person’s taste.

A lot of work goes into building a robust and scalable web service, and that is what we are refining with our closed beta at this time.

So that’s where we’re coming from.  We’re sorry if we offended anyone.

Your feedback is most welcome.  We encourage the discussion.

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